"BC Rule" sinks Gator Bowl deal
The ACC has promoted the Champs Bowl in Orlando as its third place destination after talks with the Gator Bowl fell apart. What happened with the Gator? Well it seems that the folks in Jacksonville rejected the "one-wine" rule (aka the "BC rule"). For those who are not familiar with the "BC rule" it means that a bowl cannot bypass a team and select a team two wins behind them in the standings. Example: a BC team with a 5-3 conference record was available to the Gator. The Gator could still select a team with a 4-4 record, but not a team that's 3-5 in the ACC.
This rule was instituted after BC got dropped all the way to Boise in our first year in the conference. Despite it being attached to us, most of the ACC supports the concept as it adds some level of meritocracy to the selection process. Without out the rule, the big travelers (Clemson, FSU, VT and NC State) would go to best bowls before the Miamis and BCs of the conference.
I am sorry to see the Gator go but glad the conference took a stand. Plus the Champs Bowl was a good time in 2007.